BREAKING: Queen’s University to remove Sir John A. Macdonald name from law school building, the university says

On Monday, Queen’s University announced that the university will be removing Sir John A. Macdonald name from a university building. This decision comes on the heels of recent calls to remove Sir John A. Macdonald statues from public areas across Canada.

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In a press release, Queen’s University Board of Trustees approved the university decision to remove the name “Sir John A. Macdonald” from the law school building. In the press release, it says that this was “recommended by Principal and Vice-Chancellor Patrick Deane following his acceptance of recommendations made by Dean Mark Walters, Dean of Faculty of Law, and a report from a special committee set up to consider the situation.”

The Principal said, “This decision is grounded in the university’s present-day academic mission and commitment to honour the values of equity, diversity, and inclusivity and to ensure all students, faculty, and staff feel welcome within the Queen’s community,”

“It also supports our commitment to take action to address systemic racism and ensure every member of our community may enjoy the benefits of our institution equally.”

Recently, there have been calls to remove statues of Sir John A. Macdonald all over Canada. Activists have also gone as far as to tear down the statues themselves.   

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